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But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessolonians (or according to Trompudo 2 Corinthians)
According to the Greek philosopher Plutarch of Chaeronea, the famous mathematician Archimedes was drawing circles in the sand (rather like Jesus in John 8: 3-7) in pursuit of the solution to a tricky problem when he was killed during the siege of Syracuse. Failing to “cease from Mental Fight” as William Blake put it in his anthemic poem was as dangerous in those days as it is today in the time of Trompudo.
Trompudo’s Follies over the past week are well documented in America is Trapped in Trump’s Delusional World by Andrew Sullivan. Trapped is the relevant word as normal Americans look on aghast as the Mad King and his faithful minions destroy the country. Anyone who fails to look up from their doodling in the sand today is likely to end up being run through with a sword like Archimedes. Hold that thought.
We’ve been down this road before. The poets appear during such times with their sweet salve. The End of Innocence (Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby) is one example that comes to mind.
Yes, we have been down this road but we have never experienced anything remotely similar to what we are witnessing today. Of course, the good man, the wise man, keeps his head to the grindstone, keeps his hands busy with the doodling and doesn’t look up.
And that is just what Trompudo and his minions bank on, that no one will really call them out for what they are. In Trompudo’s Revolution I quoted Martin Luther King:
“Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross,” Dr. King wrote, “but that same Christ will rise up and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name. Yes, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’”
At the risk of being called a cynic, I will express my doubt that King would say the same today. Something has fundamentally changed in America. For the worse. I want to be wrong about this. Tell me I’m wrong. Show me I’m wrong.